With Terminator: Dark Fate weeks away from opening in theaters everywhere, the first round of early reactions from press screenings have surfaced online. They skew largely to the positive.
With the social media embargo for the film lifted, entertainment news reporters and professional critics have lauded Dark Fate for being the best film in the franchise since 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Mackenzie Davis' performance as the cyborg protagonist Grace has been especially praised by critics, in addition to Linda Hamilton's return to reprise her star-making role as Sarah Conner.
#TerminatorDarkFate is a blast. Came for the return of Linda Hamilton (amazing) & reprisal of Schwarzenegger (badass) but was surprised and happy to come out caring most about Natalia Reyes’ Dani & Mackenzie Davis’ Grace. It gave me a lot of hope for where Terminator will go next pic.twitter.com/vfWPFwMnzS— Terri Schwartz (@Terri_Schwartz) October 21, 2019
I've been a fan of Mackenzie Davis since seeing her in 'Halt and Catch Fire'. But she takes it to another level in #TerminatorDarkFate where she kicks all kinds of ass. If you like her work in Dark Fate, go back and watch #HaltandCatchFire. pic.twitter.com/P5gnqoXjFL— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) October 21, 2019
#TerminatorDarkFate is better than you think it’s going to be. Its trying hard to be the Force Awakens of Terminator movies, and mostly succeeds. But it’s lacking Cameron’s innovation, evolution and directing. Arnold is fantastic, the best of his post T2 Terminator appearances.— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) October 21, 2019
#TerminatorDarkFate is the best of the TERMINATOR sequels after T2. Easily among the year’s most entertaining action films, it’s thrilling, intense & non-stop, but also a sweet story about making things right. Arnold is great & Linda rules, but Mackenzie Davis THROWS DOWN pic.twitter.com/8TQ4Gpkkdr— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) October 21, 2019
Dark Fate marks the return of franchise co-creator James Cameron, who produced and co-wrote the film. Cameron and the other filmmakers opted to ignore the events of all but the original two films in the franchise. This rendered the third, fourth and fifth installments non-canon following their mixed reception with audiences and critics.
Terminator: Dark Fate has a new killing machine from the future, Rev-9, travel back in time to assassinate a young woman who plays an important role in saving humanity in the coming war against sentient machines. Grace, a resistance fighter fitted with cybernetic parts, travels back to protect humanity's potential savior, teaming with Sarah Conner and the T-800 along the way.
Directed by Tim Miller and produced by James Cameron, Terminator: Dark Fate stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Mackenzie Davis, Gabriel Luna, Natalia Reyes and Diego Boneta. The film opens Nov. 1.